Amy Johnson and the Boswell family go sailing

The Boswells sailing with Amy Johnson – photos from the Boswell family archive, with thanks to Richard Boswell

Regular readers may remember a post about a sweet little 1934 Harry Feltham-built cruising yacht that was up for sale in Oare Creek last year.

There was a story that it had once been sailed by the famous woman aviator Amy Johnson, and some very observant types may have noticed the comments that followed its publication (to see them, follow the comments link at the bottom of the story), which included a note from Richard Boswell saying that he had some family photos of his family sailing with Johnson.

Well, these are the photos. I think they’re a charming glimpse into another era, on a day that looks an idyllic one for a picnic and a swim (those these may of course have been taken on different days).

I love the elegant clothes that we’d now think inappropriate and inconvenient, perhaps particularly the gentleman’s dinky white cap. But these were much more formal times.

The big question for is whether it’s the same boat… I gather Johnson referred to sailing a boat named Margaret, and previous owner Peter Mitchell reports that the boat was called Margaret in the past.

And I think it may be the same boat, allowing for the deck having been replaced, but that it would be difficult to be conclusive. What do you say?

These photos will be of particular interest to current owner Russell Thomas, who aims to return her as far as possible to the way she was in the 1930s.

PS – See the comments via the comment link below.

1936 Harry Feltham yacht for sale at Faversham

This 1936 Harry Feltham-built 24ft sailing yacht is for sale on eBay, ending at 9pm on Sunday. She’s moored at Oare Creek, Faversham.

There’s a bit of history about her – it’s said she was once sailed by Amy Johnson, who referred to in her diary under the boat’s old name of Margaret.

The boat was done up extensively in 2005 or so. It has two berths and a pipe cot, and comes with sails and a modern 2hp diesel. Some varnish and paint is now required, apparently.

Place your bid here.

Thanks to my pal Steve Taylor for pointing her out. As he says, she deserves a good home.

Classic 18ft Harry Feltham dinghy for sale by the River Fowey

Harry Feltham 18ft clinker dinghy for sale Harry Feltham 18ft clinker dinghy for sale

River Fowey boat builder and restorer Marcus Lewis has written in to report that he’s spotted an 18ft clinker-build sailing boat for sale close to his own premises. Here’s what he says:

‘Hi Gavin: I was doing a small job at the St Winnow boatyard on the River Fowey, and spotted this 18ft or so centreplate dinghy, the ownership of which has just passed to the proprietors.

‘Built by Harry Feltham of Portsmouth, it doesnt look in bad condition. It needs some tender loving care, but the buoyancy bags inside are still inflated, a compass still installed, and there is a mast, though I’m not sure about sails. The owners of the boatyard want to sell her, and I shouldn’t think she would be very expensive – and someone could pick up a classic boat at a good price.

‘I dont know if she is a class? maybe someone out there knows more?

‘She needs to be snapped up before a season out the water on a trailer (in the baking sunshine we are bound to get) wont do her any favours.

‘If anyone’s interested, they should contact St Winnow Yachts on 01208 872327.’

Thanks Marcus! Let’s hope she catches someone’s eye.